It was announced last week that Virginia death, marriage and divorce certificates are now available at all DMV customer service centers and DMV 2 Go mobile customer service centers, as an expansion of the partnership between the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)’s Division of Vital Records. This program was launched about 19 months ago with birth certificates and since then, the number of Virginians taking advantage of the service has exceeded expectations. More than 180,000 birth certificates have been issued as a direct result of this program. I am thoroughly satisfied by the program and very pleased with the ease of access to these vital records and the convenience this program brings to the residents of Virginia.
The process for obtaining vital records through DMV is the same as doing so through the Division of Vital Records. Customers complete an application, submit the required documentation and pay a fee to the agency. The fee for a vital record at DMV is $14. Customers may still obtain certified vital records from the VDH Division of Vital Records through the mail, at the Division of Vital Records office in Richmond or by express delivery through the VitalChek Services website. Additionally, death certificates are available from local health districts throughout Virginia, and marriage and divorce certificates can be obtained in the court where the original marriage license was issued or the final decree of divorce was filed. The DMV/VDH partnership was authorized by legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2013. All original records will continue to be stored securely at the Vital Records office.
On Thursday of last week I had the honor to host a Business Luncheon with Special Guest, Speaker of the House, William J. Howell. It was a pleasure to get together at the Avoca Museum in Altavista with about 40 local business owners, judges, lawyers, town members, Delegate Scott Garrett and other professionals from the district for this meeting. We discussed many economic issues, the upcoming election and the plans for the 2016 General Assembly. A lot of discussion was held on keeping the current businesses in Virginia thriving by looking into more grants and incentives for these operations. I think it is imperative to get our community and business leaders together so I can hear from my constituents about what has been happening in their lives, personal and business, so we can assist in any way possible.
If you have any concerns, questions, comments or issues that I or my Aide, Jenna, can help you with, please contact us at (434)821-5929 or email at Delmfariss@house.virginia.gov